Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Soils and Plants Technician for Snyder Research Farm – Pittstown NJ.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Performs duties involving layout and operation of land and experimental equipment pertaining to the research and development of soils and plants.
Collects and records experimental data and assists in laboratories as needed.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a high school/vocational school education or equivalent, plus one year of field experience in agriculture involving the use of chemicals, plot preparation, harvesting, handling research data and the use and repair of farm equipment and machinery.
A combination of related vocational/technical, junior college, or college level courses in agriculture and six months experience can be substituted for the above experience.
Requires the ability to initiate and complete assignments: read and understand research level plant science instructions, demonstrated ability to communicate with faculty and staff in writing and orally, physically be able to move from field to field via walking and motorized vehicles, lift heavy farm objects, and tolerate seasonal outdoor farm environment.
Must have or be willing to obtain within six months of employment a valid NJ Pesticide Applicator License.
Requires a valid driver's license and two years driving experience.
Will be required to successfully complete the Rutgers Defensive Driving Course.
Knowledge of horticulture, particular vegetables, small fruit, tree fruit, agronomic crops and production practices of commercial growers, and pest management.
Knowledge of farm equipment – operation, maintenance, and repairs.
General landscaping knowledge.
Maintain and operate various farm equipment (tractors, implements, sprayers, irrigation systems, etc.)
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Working outside under hot, humid and/or wet, rainy, muddy conditions, and sometimes cold.
Expected to work until the job is completed and/or work flexible hours (weekends and evenings)
Mental demands performing multiple, concurrent tasks under deadline pressure
Will be required to obtain a New Jersey commercial pesticide applicators license including CORE and Category 1 certifications
Posting Number: 21ST1476
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 133601
About Rutgers University
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